Illegal alien from Mexico charged in vehicular homicide
Another illegal alien, suspected of being intoxicated, has been charged with vehicular homicide in the death of an 18-year-old Tennessee man.
Luis Oscar Garcia, 24, a Mexican who had been living in the U.S. without a green card for three years, was ordered held without bail this week on the vehicular homicide charge as well as driving under the influence.
The victim in the crash was James F. Rogers Jr. of North Jackson, Tenn.
A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 7, and it is likely Garcia, who speaks little English, will use a court-appointed attorney for his defense.
According to the Jackson Sun, Garcia's 1995 Chevy S-10 pickup ran a red light while traveling north on the U.S. 45 Bypass at Oil Well Road about 2 a.m. Saturday. He slammed into the '95 Honda Civic that Rogers was driving westbound on Oil Well.
Police said Garcia had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and that his pants were soaked with a liquid that indicated the presence of alcohol. There also were two beer bottles, one partially filled, in the truck at the time of the accident, police said.
In addition to the vehicular homicide and DUI charges, Garcia faces counts of driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance. When police did a check on his license plate, it did not come back under his name, the report said.
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